Because your style says who you are, let our artistic designs speak for you. Invite conversation with our one-of-a-kind furniture made from the most iconic structures in the world, the Golden Gate Bridge. Why not let your furnishings tell your history? Contact us today to start the custom design process.
Staging options available on some designs.
We want to turn this historic steel into something that reflects your lifestyle or corporate image by creating a custom design that captures the grandness of the Golden Gate Bridge in your space. In other words, show your connection to San Francisco by embellishing your world with something original.
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These beautiful pieces of the Golden Gate Bridge make perfect gifts. For instance, if you need an inspired corporate award, they represent accomplishment. As a unique gift or holiday present, a piece of the Golden Gate Bridge says you understand the connection to San Francisco. So, whether resting on an executive desk or nestled amongst family heirlooms, this is a perfect gift. No one will ever forget receiving one of these authentic pieces of history.
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STRANDS OF HISTORY
In 2016, we formed Strands of History, LLC with a long-time friend and business partner who had acquired the business and all the remaining 11-foot pieces of the original Golden Gate Bridge suspender ropes in 2006. After his untimely passing eight months later, we relaunched the business in early 2018 in Lake Tahoe. Over that time, the fabrication methods to clean, bind, cut, polish, and paint these ropes have been continuously improved to create our current high quality products. Each suspender rope is first sandblasted to remove any remaining layers of debris or paint. After cleaning, the galvanized steel rope is fitted with stainless steel bands that are tightly crimped at the appropriate intervals using a custom-made hydraulic press with six pistons exerting 7000 psi.
ORIGINAL GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE SUSPENDER ROPE
Although these ropes are over 80 years old, they have a powerful tendency to unwind unless controlled by these crimped bands. The stainless steel bands and 2 11/16 inch diameter galvanized steel ropes are then cut using a chop saw with blades specifically designed to cut large diameter steel ropes. Band saws, high pressure water jets, or plasma cutters don’t work on the suspender ropes because the individual wires vibrate too much no matter how tightly they are crimped; its like trying to cut a bundle of toothpicks with a hand saw. After cutting, the ends are ground and polished to reveal the unique lay (organization) of the 229 individual wires. Below are figures to illustrate the unique lay of the vertical suspender ropes from the George Washington Bridge and the Golden Gate Bridge.
GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE REPLACEMENT ROPE
Both of these bridges’ original vertical suspender ropes were manufactured by the John A. Roebling’s Sons Company (as was the Brooklyn Bridge, but we haven’t found that diagram yet). The mid-70’s replacement suspender ropes for the Golden Gate Bridge were made by U.S. Steel and have different lay compared to the original ropes. The unique, signature lay of the wire ropes guarantees that you have the original Golden Gate Bridge suspender rope and not some generic cable!
Our products are painted with Sherwin Williams’ direct to metal acrylic, semi-gloss paint, custom color matched to the iconic International Orange of the Golden Gate Bridge.